JACKSON, Miss.—The talk of the nation over last few weeks has been drones and whether or not they’re present in the country.
The conversation all started after American citizens Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki and his dad were killed in Yemen from a targeted U.S. drone strike.
The term “drone” can conjure up all sorts of pictures, but spokesman for the Department of Marine Resources on that matter, Mike Pursley, says that can mislead.
“It’s and unmanned aerial vehicle,” he said when referring to the drone the DMR owns currently.
News Mississippi wanted to know if the vehicle in their possession is what would be seen on the battlefields over seas?
“No, what we have is a remote controlled helicopter and it can fit on a table top.”
Pursley says it’s the equivalent of what any citizen can buy on the Internet with a still camera attached to the bottom.
Its purpose is purely used for plants and wildlife according to the DMR.
“We have to submit a lot of paper work each time to fly it to the FAA and last time we were cleared for the 50 feet elevation we requested.”
Reports in August of 2012 claimed the Starkville Police Department was inquiring about purchasing several units that would be very similar and hand-held. Phone calls to their department were not returned on the matter.
Most recently after News Mississippi aired its radio version of this story a listener emailed us the photo used above. He claims the picture of this drone was taken over the MS fair grounds in Jackson on Thursday.